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Natural Sciences


Welcome to your online guide to library resources for Natural Sciences

Your Liaison Librarian

Clare Ackerley
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Welcome to the Subject Guide for Natural Sciences

Welcome to the Subject Guide for Natural Sciences.

At the moment the Library buildings are closed, so the Subject Guides are especially important for finding relevant resources. All the key online journals and databases are linked from the Find resources tab within each Subject Guide (select the most relevant one for your needs), and you can also find links to our Skills Guides on organising and evaluating your work.

You can contact me, your Academic Liaison Librarian, for help via email to arrange an appointment via video chat or telephone. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need support. There's also a Library FAQ about how we're responding to corona, here

In the meantime, watch the video below to get a an overview of how to use the Library and get help during this extraordinary period. 

Links to Subject Guides relevant to Natural Science students

In order to help you find the resources that you need for your individual pathway in Natural Sciences, click on the different images below to access subject-specific information and support:



Image credits: Archaeology  Biology:  Chemistry:  Electronics:  Environment:  Mathematics:  Physics: Paul T. (cosmobc) on

Learning online

It can be tricky to get up to speed with studying online, when all your learning is taking place over the internet. We've put together a guide with information on working off campus, communicating online, being digitally organised and a lot more. It's really well worth a look:

>> Guide to studying online 

Your feedback on etextbooks

This term we've been running a trial of two etextbook platforms: Kortext and Vital Source. You can read more about the trial on our Coronavirus guide.

If you've used an etextbook on either platform we'd really value your feedback. Please take a few moments to complete our form. Your responses are anonymous and will help us to understand the impact of providing etextbooks.

Extra resources now available online

During the coronavirus period, several publishers have made additional content available to us online. Sometimes this means more journals or ebooks are available to us than before on a particular site, and sometimes it means we've added a new site to our collections. We've created a Covid-19 category on the E-resources Guide to keep track of these in one place. You'll see a list of trials and expanded resources, with an explanation as to what's now available on each one. We hope you can find some useful resources to help your work, and we'll add to the list whenever we can. 

>> Extra resources now available